The 31-days of kicking the sugar out of my diet is over and I feel so glad to have done it. I made a challenge to myself to stop eating sugar for January, which included all major offenders of my big ‘ole sweet tooth. I was able to avoid all baked goods, obvious processed sugar foods, and sugar add-ins like honey, agave, etc. And I didn’t fake myself out by using sugar-alternatives like Equal or Sweet-n-Low, drinking diet sodas or foods that contain them.
What’s the point?
So yeah, why even bother with all of this for just 30 days? For me it came down to this:
- I wanted to reclaim my taste buds. Was I so used to hyper-sweetness, that I couldn’t be satisfied with less? Could I have fruit for dessert feel sated?
- Would I notice a physical difference in skin, mood or weight?
- How addicted to sugar was I? The thought of giving up sugar freaked me out, which made me want to do it even more.
How’d it go?
The first 10 days were the hardest. I had to retrain myself on what foods to reach for. Nuts instead of muffins, fruit instead of granola, green tea over Chai. Most nights dessert was a piece of fruit and herbal tea. I juiced fruits and veggies to get over the mid-afternoon hump and drank loads of tea.
The biggest realization was how much sneaky sugar there is in foods. Pasta sauce, peanut butter, chicken soup and plain yogurt all have small amounts of sugar in them (1/2 teaspoon). And I didn’t avoid these things. It was too much to ask of me. I felt like unless I was prepared to make my own from scratch (no way), that I’d just have to deal with it and know my quest was not utterly pure, but still vastly worthy.
I did however avoid partaking in some pretty tough situations and I’m really proud of that. Food is so social and it’s tough to be the one to pass on carrot cake, homemade ice cream, margaritas and Girl Scout cookies (on day 28 – this was tough!)
This 31-days of being sugar-free was good for me. I lost a few pounds, which is great, but the best part was feeling even. My moods were much more even and I didn’t get that dip in energy in the afternoon. PMS moodiness didn’t happen last month and that was a win (for everyone). Skin was clear, but did not transform into magical mythic skin (too bad, maybe it takes longer). Now that I’m “allowed” to have sugar again, I don’t crave it. I’m not even interested in having a big sugar bomb. And chocolate isn’t calling my name anymore. I put half the amount of honey in my green tea that I used to and couldn’t even finish a flavored yogurt that I bought.
It’s like anything. Once you cut it out of your diet, you can enjoy it on a much more moderate level afterward. I was in a rut of eating a certain way and by doing this, I got to to clean up my eating and opt for better choices
Next up: This year, I’m doing 12 smaller goals, rather than one resolution that goes all year. In February I’m going to concentrate on working in my sketchbook everyday. It’ll be good for me to wake up my creative juices.
Thanks for reading about my sugar challenge! It’s been an interesting experience.
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